The Crawford County, Arkansas Detention Center, located in downtown Van Buren, was built in 1989 and has had frequent issues with overcrowding and meeting State requirements. In May 2014, voters approved a 3/4-percent sales tax to fund the construction, maintenance, and operations of a new detention center. The new facility, located on U.S. Highway 64 in Van Buren, was built on a 16-acre site purchased by the County following the approval of the sales tax vote.
Hawkins-Weir was immediately hired by the design build contractor working for the County to provide an ALTA Survey on the 16-acre site needed for the future detention center. The aggressive schedule for completing the ALTA level survey prior to the land purchase closing was achieved, and required close coordination between Hawkins-Weir, County officials, the title/abstract company, and the design build contractor. The new $20 million Crawford County Detention Center is scheduled to be fully open and operational by Fall 2016.